CDF Reminder on Medjugorje

Today, the Catholic News Agency published a letter written by the US apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Vigano, on behalf of Arch. Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The letter referred to the ongoing investigation of the alleged Marian apparitions in Bosnia. In it, Archbishop Vigano makes reference to the official decree made by the local church and  reminds the US bishops

The Congregation (for the Doctrine of the Faith) has affirmed that, with regard to the credibility of the ‘apparitions’ in question, all should accept the declaration … which asserts: ‘On the basis of the research that has been done, it is not possible to state that there were apparitions or supernatural revelations,’

Reiterating what the Church has already declared, Archbishop Vigano added

It follows, therefore, that clerics and the faithful are not permitted to participate in meetings, conferences or public celebrations during which the credibility of such ‘apparitions’ would be taken for granted.

The letter and accompanying article can be found here. While it is curious that the CDF would issue this reminder, the faithful should be cautious of media presentations referring to this letter as a “bombshell.” Archbishop Vigano, on behalf of the Prefect of the CDF, is simply reiterating what the Church has already stated in the past (in the 1991 “Zadar Declaration” asserting that the apparitions were “non constat de supernaturalitate” [not established as supernatural]and via Bishop Ratko Peric in 1997). A formal investigation by the Vatican began in 2010, and it is expected that a decision regarding the alleged apparitions will be made and published in the near future.

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